Weekly updates —

NMSU hosting field day in Clovis New Mexico State University is hosting its annual Clovis Field Day Thursday, focusing on alternative crop management of existing and less-utilized crops. The program, which will be held at the Agricultural Science Center in Clovis, has been structured to address extended dry conditions and diminishing irrigation sources. “This year’s [...]

Portales past: June 23, 1910

June 23, 1910: Forty of 70 irrigation pumps planned for installation in Roosevelt County had been completed. One injury was reported during the week: A Mr. Rayburn was caught in the fall of a derrick and suffered a broken shoulder.

Researchers study canola as viable crop

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Researchers at the New Mexico State University Science Center in Clovis said canola would be a viable crop in High Plains because it can be used for biodiesel production and as dairy feed. Science center assistant professor Sangu Angadi advocates the use of canola over corn in biofuel production. [...]

Experts: Underground aquifer water supply draining fast

By William P. Thompson Irrigated farming, as area residents know it, could become a thing of the past in eastern New Mexico. A water expert, hydrogeologist Amy Ewing, gave statistics Monday night that project water saturation thickness in the underground aquifer beneath Curry and Roosevelt counties will be at an all-time low of less than [...]

We should take a cue from NASA

By Jim Lee Last week I got into the water issue and how we need new ideas to go along with the ideas already on the table. I suggested brainstorming, coming up with as many concepts as possible without thinking about whether they’re good or bad, smart or dumb. Of course a lot of ridiculous, [...]

Workshop examines Ogallala decline

MIke Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future of [...]